Keeping the joint mobile is important as this goes a long way to helping and preventing the arthritic type pain that can develop inside the joint of bunions. Several exercises are recommended:
1. Grasp the big toe with one hand and do some 'yoga' like stretches on the joint in all directions. Hold the position at the end range of motion for 10-15 seconds. Repeat several times in all directions.
2. Traction helps some people with spinal problems, and can also help keep the big toe joint mobile. Grasp the toe and the foot and try and "pull" the toe "off". Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat several times (if you are elderly or have arthritic problems then seek advice before trying this excercise).
3. Find some sort of elastic band and loop it around both big toes. Spread your feet so that the toe is "straightened" - hold for several minutes. Repeat several times.
Exercises will NEVER be able to correct the position of the toe due to the adaption of bone that has gone on for many years as the bunion developed, but they are important to keep the toe flexible and mobile.
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